Hundreds of Primary school children gave Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd and other government Officials including the Hon. Vincent Byron Jr. Attorney-General and Vincent Hodge Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education a very warm and enthusiastic greeting during their traditional Independence Minister’s Schools visits. In visiting the schools Hon. Liburd , reflected on this year’s theme “Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and National Unity” and told the students that one way to do so is to first develop a positive attitude in school.
“Your attitude will determine your altitude. It will determine how far and where you go,” said Minister Liburd, while encouraging the students to use their time in school wisely. “It is your time, the only opportunity you will get to have a primary education, so you have to make the best use of it. So good luck and God bless you from here on during your education journey.”
Vincent Hodge, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, also gave brief remarks to the staff and students of the various learning institutions.
“We are getting ready to celebrate our Independence when we remember the time we took charge of our own affairs [and] when we took charge of managing the business of social services, education and finances for ourselves because we have the persons in our country who have the capabilities to do such,” said Mr. Hodge. “As we celebrate our Independence, we want to look back at how joyous the occasion was.”
Every year, government officials take to the schools as a way of celebrating Independence with the students and sharing personal thoughts.
St. Kitts and Nevis gained Independence 33 years ago on September 19, 1983.